Jodrell bank

I was pleased to find this picture of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in my Facebook memories recently. I think it’s from about 2012.

Jodrell Bank radio telescope was built on the Cheshire plain in the 1950’s near Holmes Chapel. It was built there because it was far enough away from the radio noise given out by big cities like Manchester and Liverpool.

The radio telescope is a large dish shaped telescope, supported by a massive superstructure. Part of it was made from two gun turrets from world war two battleships that act as the pivots for it. The dish can rotate around its axis and from horizontal to vertical so it can scan most of the northern hemisphere.

It’s worth a visit for the day (covid safely). There is an arboretum, the radio telescope, a discovery centre and other interesting exhibits. Check their website for details at https://www.jodrellbank.net

Dappled light

Under acer trees at Jodrell Bank radio telescope observatory a couple of years ago. The place now has an arboretum with many species of trees, and various features including the solar system laid out at distances and sizes in scale to it.

There are new attractions there if you haven’t been there for a few years and if you have been it’s still worth a visit. (You may have to book at the moment).

The radio telescopecitselfvis a massive structure supporting a huge dish. The supports it tips up on come from a ship. It is very impressive.